ST ANDREW'S, GRAFHAM
St Andrew's, Grafham is a beautiful country church, designed, built and lavishly decorated by
Henry Woodyer. Although we are a small congregation we love God, we love our church
and we try to love and serve our neighbours.
Our weekly worship on Sundays at 11.15am is from the Book of Common Prayer, compiled in the sixteenth century by Thomas Cranmer, and modified in 1662. Our services, of either Holy Communion or Mattins (Morning Prayer) have been familiar to generations of Christians for the wonderful language - dignified and memorable phrases that speak so clearly to our human condition.
We very much look forward to meeting you.
St Andrew’s Church Grafham on a late September evening.
When coming to St Andrews you can always be assured of a very warm welcome. A welcome to those from all walks of life; the young, the elderly, the rich and poor, a welcome to those over 60 but not grown up yet, and a welcome to children and teenagers growing up too fast!
The beautiful Chancel in St Andrew's Church
Decorating St Andrew's for Harvest Festival is
always a highlight of the Church Calendar. This year we combined it with tidying up the churchyard. The flower arrangers struck lucky as the men outside got soaked, but scones and jam, shortbread and ham sandwiches did the trick to bring laughter and warmth to us all. We are so lucky to live in a country where we have a change of seasons. The ‘colours’ are coming into their glory.
This November marks the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Not only did this war cause unprecedented loss of life, it also caused the loss of 'Victorian' optimism, all over the world, and paved the way for the birth of several horrific political ideologies which gave rise to a succession of hot and 'Cold' wars for the rest of the century.
Enough time has now passed that we can mourn the loss of life on all sides - German as well as
British. As Lincoln said of the North and the South during the American Civil War, both sides prayed for victory to the same God, who could not grant it to both, and gave only a very costly triumph to the final victors. Our churches memorialise those parishoners who paid the ultimate price in those wars. Let us honour their sacrifice by resolving never to take for granted the wonderful world they secured for us, by never being complacent about its permanence, and by working to make it a better world, one of which they would have been proud.
A date for your diaries:
St Andrew's Patronal Festival Eucharist is on Sunday November 25th at 11.15am,
followed by lunch in the Grafham Room. Everybody is welcome.
Please sign the sheet at the back of either church if you are coming.